Posted on 27th January 2015
Safer Neighbourhood officers have been teaming up with partner agencies to tackle illegal motorised vehicle users in the Peak District National Park.
Sergeant Andy Wordsworth and PC Simon Wolverson were supported by the Peak District National Park Authority in carrying out enforcement patrols at rural locations around Pretty Wood, Eyam and Long Causeway at Stanage.
The patrols were carried out as part of Operation Blackbrook following reports from local residents of vehicles driving along the restricted tracks and damaging the area.
The initiative, which took place throughout the day on Saturday, January 24, saw the officers carrying out patrols on footpaths and restricted byways leading from New Road to Pretty Wood at Eyam.
The operation was also carried out at Long Causeway on Stanage Edge, to prevent illegal vehicle usage taking place along the route.
Sergeant Andy Wordsworth from the Bakewell Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “During the operation, we were really pleased to see no off road vehicles in either of the rural patrol locations around Pretty Wood or Long Causeway.
“The views of our local residents are really important to us and we do work to tackle any issues raised.
“We will continue to work alongside our partners at the Peak District National Park Authority over the coming months to carry out compliance patrols to protect the area from becoming damaged by off road vehicles.”
Sue Smith, Rights of Way Officer at the Peak District National Park Authority said: “It is important to us that action is taken against illegal use and we work closely with the police to target operations. We are also working with vehicle user groups to help spread the word on the importance of keeping to legal routes.
“We report updates on legal status in the Authority’s green lanes newsletter and signage and police patrols help to reinforce the message.
“As a result of operations such as these, illegal use has dropped considerably at Long Causeway which is covered by a traffic regulation order to protect and enhance the natural beauty and recreational value in this area.”
To find out more or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team, call 101, and follow them on Twitter for the latest policing news in your community: @BakewellSNT
To find out more about how the National Park Authority manages motorised vehicle use on unsurfaced routes in the Peak District please visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/vehicles.
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